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W6 0GY25 March 2014Feast of the Annunciation
I am writing following news that you are possibly recruiting for a new Rome correspondent for your edgy Catholic magazine. Allow me to introduce myself...
Seriously though, we shouldn't leap for joy that a man's career has taken a light battering today following a vile Facebook conversation in which he seemed to wish death upon the Pope Emeritus, describing the latter as 'The Rat'.
No doubt Bobby will dust himself down after this setback and reassume his role for The Tablet soon enough. That said, I suppose even among Vatican circles who didn't have too much time for Benedict XVI, Bobby's Vaticanista reputation might have something of the 'leprous courtier' about it after this.
Too bad. It couldn't happen to a nicer guy...All this and a day off Lent too. Isn't the Mother of God good to us! May God and Our Lady protect and defend both Pope Francis and the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
Well done to Damian Thompson for spotting what certainly appears to be Mr Micken's repulsive death-wish upon Benedict XVI. He's probably not alone in his desire, but even Vaticanistas, I am sure, appreciate discretion. Perhaps in his time of 'prayerful reflection', Mr Mickens would do well to consider his own mortality, as well as that of no longer reigning Popes...
At times I've been bemused, confused and critical of Pope Francis, but I must say I don't wish death on even my worst enemy - and that person obviously isn't the Pope of Rome or his predecessor because, you know...I'm a Catholic!
You can quote me on that!